Aug 3, 2017

Report: Uber knowingly leased defective cars to Singapore drivers

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Last year, Uber rented out Honda cars it knew were defective to Singapore drivers, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. This culminated in one of the cars catching on fire this January, though there were no injuries. The cars were part of an initiative by Uber to purchase vehicles and rent them out to get more drivers on the road in a region where few own cars.

Explained: Fundamentally, purchasing cars and renting them out goes against Uber's business model, which hinges on the company not owning assets like vehicles. It attempted to cut corners by purchasing the cars from auto importers for about 12% less than through authorized Honda dealers, per Uber's estimates. And of course, this meant that Honda wouldn't help fix the cars (nor was it obligated to), and Uber was left to deal with the importers to get the cars fixed and the subsequent delays and contingency plans after one car caught on fire.

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Joe Biden places second in Nevada caucuses, ahead of Pete Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden a Nevada Caucus watch party in Las Vegas on Saturday. Photo: Ronda Churchill/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden secured second place in the Nevada Democratic caucuses with former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg third, according to NBC News projections Sunday.

By the numbers: With almost 88% of precincts reporting, Biden has 20.9% of the Nevada votes and Buttigieg has 13.6%.

Flashback: Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

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The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios.

Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.